As Char and I travel through four countries in Europe, news from America is available almost exclusively online. Europe really is paying very little attention to America. It is refreshing to be reminded we’re just one among many nations and not the center of everyone’s attention.
I’m especially glad that they are paying so little attention to our political squabbles. It would be embarrassing to have to explain Washington’s utter ineptitude.
The latest embarrassment is the whole bit about Kevin McCarthy. He was expected to be a shoe in for Speaker of the House — and therefore third in line for the presidency! — until he proved himself to be unbelievably inarticulate. Char and I have been surrounded for weeks by people far more articulate in English, which is a second language for them. I feel badly for McCarthy, who has proved to be shamefully inadequate for the position he was to fulfill and even for the office he now holds, but I cannot help but be disgusted by the Republican party for counting him a leader at all.
Again and again I find myself asking, If the Republicans can’t even manage the Republican party, how could they possibly manage the nation? They answer is inescapably obvious, they could not do so and have proven that repeatedly.
I am especially sorrowful that so many of my fellow Evangelical Christians are aligned with the most conservative elements of the Far Right. Those who follow Jesus Christ ought to value what he valued: compassion, dignity, respect. The racist hate-mongering of the Far Right has no connection with the way of Jesus.